Category Archives: Conspiracy

March Madness: Drafting Error Leads to Dismissal of Criminal Charges against FedEx

Middle Tennessee State beats Michigan State. Yale beats Baylor. The Cinderella season is upon us. The next big winner is . . . FedEx. The government has accused FedEx of conspiring with online pharmacies to ship illegal drugs to dealers … Continue reading

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Fetishes, Fantasy and the Limits of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

It’s a common scenario: a company thinks an employee is using its computers to do something wrong. Maybe the employee is stealing clients for a new venture, copying data from proprietary research or leaking documents to the media about the … Continue reading

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A Brady Win for a Defendant–Finally (and Some Tips to Get Brady Material)

The conviction and sentence of a man in California were recently vacated when it was discovered that the government had improperly withheld exculpatory material from his defense team at trial. We read a lot of stories about the failures of Brady … Continue reading

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The Opening Statement for this Prosecution Writes Itself: The Indictment of Massey Energy CEO

As a general rule, the government does not indict CEOs of big companies. No one really wants to say that out loud—at least on the government’s side of the aisle—but it’s true. It is usually difficult for the government to … Continue reading

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Don’t Mess With . . . the FDIC? A “Real Housewife” and Bank Executives Find Out the Hard Way

You may think of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) as the friendly folks who insure your money at the bank. Or you may think of the FDIC as the regulator that deals with failed banks. You probably do not … Continue reading

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Size Matters? CalPERS CEO Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy

If you don’t know what the California Public Employees Retirement System (“CalPERS”) is, you should. It is the second-largest public pension fund in the country. It is responsible for operating the pension benefit system and health care benefit system for … Continue reading

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Here’s One Way to Afford the D.C. Real Estate Market: Seven Year Sentence for Defendant in Bribery Scheme Involving Public Official

By Sara Kropf For years now, the calling card of a big-firm white-collar lawyer has been, “I do FCPA work.” But all the focus on foreign bribery work overlooks the domestic bribery schemes that are regularly pursued by the federal … Continue reading

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Never Too Old For Bribery? Florida Couple Sentenced for Offering $1.24 Million in Bribes to Obtain Federal Contracts for Foreign Military Goods

Sorry it’s been so long since I last posted. I took a few weeks off for the holidays and then tried and won a defamation trial in Virginia last month, sort of.  It’s back to the grindstone now, though. There … Continue reading

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Hey, I’m a Guest Blogger!

The kind folks at White Collar Crime Prof Blog let me post over there today (thanks Ellen!). The Second Circuit issued a great opinion for white collar defendants limiting the continuing conspiracy theory. Finally, a court has reined in the … Continue reading

Posted in Appeal, Conspiracy, Dismissal of charges in indictment, Tax fraud | 1 Comment

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Feds Indict Biofuel Executives For a $100 Million Fraud

The government loves to encourage us to be “green.” Drive a Prius and get a tax credit. Put solar panels on your house and get a tax credit. Heck, buy the right kind of heat pump for your house and … Continue reading

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